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Amnesty decries war on terror

By Compiled from Times wires
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published May 29, 2003

LONDON - The U.S.-led war on terror has made the world a more dangerous and repressive place, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report Washington dismissed as "without merit."

The international human rights organization singled out the United States and Britain for detaining terror suspects without trial, under legislation introduced after the Sept. 11 attacks. It also accused other nations, including the Philippines and China, of using security legislation to crack down on political opposition.

Morocco: Bomb plot's ringleader dies in custody

RABAT, Morocco - Authorities arrested a man suspected of coordinating the bombings in Casablanca that killed 31 people, but he died in custody, judicial officials said Wednesday.

The man, captured Monday in Fez, was identified as "Abdelhak" or "Moul Sebbat," said Alaoui Belghiti, the prosecutor general of the appeals court of Casablanca.

Belghiti said the suspect suffered from heart disease and died while being taken to a hospital.

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